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. >> obama uses kids as human shields. who supposedly wrote letters to the white house, after newtown, bring them up there to present a picture of support among the children. they have the little kids there. they don't want to die. in faux crying ] how can you not listen to the them? >> eric: really? kids? is there no level to which the left will stoop to impose their will? i have important questions to ask. first, reaction from our liberal. how low can they go? >> kimberly: very low. >> bob: that is a great imitation of children and he has had a lot of experience. >> kimberly: what? >> bob: women, just what i said. let it sit. there you will understand. it wasn't supposedly letters, they were letters that kids wrote. kids were freaked out about newtown. perfectly legitimate thing to do. you may not like it but suburban mothers and fathers will like it. >> eric: using kids, i'm just shocked they are using kids. >> kimberly: it goes hand in hand with the arrogance of power. he will do whatever it takes to win the public appeal message to get his message across to get his will. it's not about
.m. and crisisler should have gone through. but the obama white house didn't want that -- >> neil: it started -- it started with bush. the argument was that that was not an option. did you buy ha? >> of course it was an option. companies do that all the time. it -- >> neil: in that meltdown period twasn't, you disagree? >> you could maybe make an argument -- i disagree with it. the banks were in meltdown mode. but there was nothing to stop g.m. and chrysler from going through a normal, as opposed to a politicized bankruptcy process. the unions would have been forced to make concession it's probably not on pay, work rules because that's where you get the big inefficiencies that make u.s. oughtie companies less competitive. >> neil: you just hit the nail on the side car there. dan mitchell, thank you. not a dollar in aid unless you match it in spending cuts. meet the congressman who is perfectly happy to get in chris christie's face. unfortunately, a lot of colleagues were not. >> the president [ woman ] if you have the audacity to believe your financial advisor should focus on your long-term g
with the former republican senator monday at the white house. schumer then met with president obama and said hagel's comments about israel were a critical factor in winning his support. schumer was seen as a possible roadblock to hagel's confirmation. businessman donald trump is inserting himself in israeli politics. trump made a video endorsing benjamin netanyahu. and his party ahead of the general elections next week. still ahead, pennsylvania school district takes matters in its own hands to fight gun violence. first, is your federal government putting the mob-like squeeze on a private citizen? look what mommy is having. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle. using cloud computing and mobile technology, verizon innovators have developed a projective display for firefighters. allowing them to see through anything. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. powerful answers. verizon. because vitamin d3 helps bones absorb c
recommendations on gun control to president obama tomorrow. he met with house members about ways to reduce gun violence, meanwhile the nra said that they will lobby hard to have congress block any new laws that will ban assault rifles. >> the president said he reserved the right to exercise annex active order to get new gun laws on the books. it's his last press conference of his first administration. the main topic was the looming fight over the debt ceiling saying that america is not a dead beat nation. mr. obama installed that he is not willing to negotiate when it's coming to raising the ceiling. if it's not raised, social security checks and benefits for veterans could be delayed. it could be harder to pay your bills now than it was a month ago. that is because uncle sam is taking an extra 2% out of everyone's check for social security. for most people in the bay area, that is about $80 a month or $1,000 a year. >> scott? >> we will do it with the help of mobile apps. now, step one if you have a mobile device. try to avoid the temptation to upgrade. there you saved your 80 dollars a month
the government's bills. >> please have a seat. >> reporter: president obama spoke from the white house to stake out a position on the debt limit. if congress doesn't improve an increase the government will run out of money to pay bills. president obama blasted republicans who said they won't raise it without dollar for dollar cuts to the budget. >> the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are not a deadbeat nation. >> the problem is congress has already spent the money. what it would mean for the nation to not make payments. >> social security checks and veteran's benefits will be delayed. we might not be able to pay our troops. >> reporter: in response republicans pointed out president obama voted against increasing the debt limit as a senator. speaker of the house john boehner's office said debt is endangering's children future. theconsequences are real he said. >> the debate had a numbing effect on wall street today. the dow is up 18 to 13,507. the nasdaq is down 8 at 3,117. the s&p is down 1 at 1,470. >>> all of that in washington is being watched closely in sacramento b
to play cards with me or something because i'm getting kind of lonely in this big house. >> president obama pushing back against critics who say he should be less a commander and more of a schmoozer in chief. good morning, i'm bill karins. this is "way too early," the show whose legendary after-parties are now open to one mr. president of the united states. thanks for being up with us on this tuesday, january 15th. we have a lot to talk about including governor andrew cuomo striking a deal late last night with republicans on new strict gun-control measures. how he got overwhelming bipartisan support. >>> plus, socializing wasn't the only topic at yesterday's press conference. the president also compared republicans to hostage takers regarding the upcoming debt limit fight. >>> we begin with developing news late last night. officials in new york have agreed to a sweeping set of changes to the state's gun laws. the new proposals would sail through the republican-controlled state senate by a 43-18 vote are considered the toughest gun-control measures in the nation. it includes a ban on a
yesterday here at the white house. there are said to be 19 though it's unclear how many mr. obama will adopt. press secretary jay carney says only so much the president can do without the help of congress, but he's not trying to go around lawmakers. >> the president believes and supports the second amendment. he also understands that there are limits to what can be achieved, without congressional action, which is why he is calling on congress to act appropriately. >> reporter: the senate majority leader harry reid says he's not going to ask democrats in the senate to vote on measures that are likely to be rejected by the republican controlled house, and virginia congressman says that things like an assault weapon ban are nonstarters. >> we've tried some things in the past like assault weapons ban that simply do not work. that was repealed, rightfully so, i voted to repeal it and the fact of the matter is, the semi automatic mechanisms, operate the same, whether it's an assault weapon or a hunting rifle or a weapon that someone keeps in their home for other purposes. >> reporter: as you poi
former boss president obama. the former white house chief of staff rahm emanuel is calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce deadly shootings. chicago had more than 500 murders last year. analysts say it's already on track to top that number this year. mayor emanuel was an advisor to clinton back in 1990 when congress passed an assault weapons ban. the national rifle association is predicting a new ban will not get through this congress. stooe brown is in chicago tonight. what did emanuel have to say today? >> he was ordering all investments in guns they need to produce a comprehensive bill like in 1994 that one was authored then by senator joe biden. he hopes vice president biden will put together a package that includes an assault weapons ban a limit on the size of clips that go in for ammo and background checks. he suggests the democrats in the senate pressure the republican led house to act. >> whatever you do start it now whatever you do start in the senate. clear the debt and put the ultimate pressure on the house. put it in many ways as best you can. >> emmanuel kno
-month anniversary of the newtown shootings. today at the white house, president obama held what will be his final press conference of his first term as president. and even though his opening statement was all about the debt ceiling, the first question he got from the press today was about guns. >> the vice president and number of members of my cabinet went through a very thorough process over the last month, meeting with a lot of stakeholders in this, including the nra. listened to proposals from all quarters, and they've presented me now with a list of sensible common sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at newtown doesn't happen again. i'm going to be meeting with the vice president today. i expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what i think we need to do. my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe. >> the president and his press conference today didn't announce this
continued to threaten to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip. house republican conference chairwoman kathy rogers told "political" i think it is possible we would shut down the government to make sure that president obama understands that we're serious. well, i guess that would do it. we always talk about whether or not we're going to kick the can down the road. i think the mood is that we have come to the end of the road. what road? and republican congresswoman marsha blackburn of tennessee said this to msnbc's chris jansing. let me ask you if you're willing to shut the government down? >> we're looking at all the options, there is the option of government shutdown, the option of raising the debt ceiling in short-term increments. i think there is a way to avoid default if it requires shutting down portions of the government. let's look at that. >> and in his press conference, president obama quoted speaker john boehner from 2011. >> that would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy. i don't think it is a question that is even on the table. >>
that request and sends a joint resolution of disapproval back to the white house. step three, obama vetoes the resolution of disapproval. step four, congress does nothing. as long as the house and senate wait 15 days before addressing the white house veto, then the president gets his original wish and the debt ceiling automatically goes up. in other words, a redo of the fiscal cliff threatening the u.s. economy. give extremism and allow congress to basically do anything. welcome to washington. andrew, is this -- is this the way it goes now? >> i'm depressing. it is depressing are but it's also maybe the viable path forward. in terms of harm done to the u.s. economy sshgs that the best solution? >> i cannot get behind that. by the way, count get behind the platinum coin. we could draw something on a little piece of paper, and they could hand it to me. i can't get behind any of that. ultimately, we have to actually figure this out. the president has to figure it out. congress has to figure it out, and that's going to be the end of it. i have to think we're wasting our time. not just you us t
school massacre that made the issue a priority for president obama. cnn white house chief correspondent jessica yellin has the details. jessica, what are you hearing? >> reporter: hi, joe. i've spoken to a number of democrats who met with the vice president and his guns task force, and they tell me they believe there are two proposals the president will lay out tomorrow that both have the greatest chance of passing congress and the chance to do the most good. a measure to pass universal background checks for all gun purchases and an effort to ban high-capacity magazines. at the white house, they're ready to unveil their list of gun safety priorities. >> the president and vice president will hold an event here at the white house to unveil a package of concrete proposals to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies like the one in newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: this comes just a month after the newtown shootings and weeks after the president named vice president biden to head a task force on gun safety. >> their task is going to be to, you know, sift through every good idea tha
endorsement. new york senator schumer giving an endorsement. the white house had launched a major pr about hagel's views about israel, iran women and gale rights. the other big story, will president obama trump congress and take executive action on guns? the white house official tells biden's recommendations including 19 that the president can act on by executive order alone. >> i'm confident there are some steps we can take that don't remember legislation, and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that has the. >>> "usa today" reporting that weighing tougher restrictions on gun control. >> this is people have to live through these tragedies after tragedy after tragedy. >>> in maryland governor o'malley announcing a controversial and then in delaware. jack martell is putting his weight behind a proposal to end the gun show loophole. >>> the nra under fire for releasing the new iphone app. yesterday. it eye lows players as young as 4-year-old to practice shooting at coven-shaped targets. >> how sick are these people running a great organization, a proud organiz
. at a white house news conference yesterday president obama talked about gun control and the national debt. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. the president says he wants the gun debate to rise above politics. that's virtually impossible and there are constitutional questions regarding gun control no lawmaker can ignore. for some parts the president's gun violence agenda which he'll discuss with the vice president in a couple of hours the president is looking at executive powers that do not require congressional consent. vice president biden told house democrats there were more than a dozen ways president obama could circumvent congress among the ideas, beefing up federal data collection on criminals with guns and the health care toll of gun violence. >> there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president. >> reporter: as parents of the children killed in newtown pleaded for new steps to reduce gun violence mr. obama conceded congress may reject
the beltway and really connects? obama is betting that he can resonate more than house republican. >> i'm thinking the gop has to get back to the message of spending cuts and oh, by the way, the president today called for higher taxes. i think boehner has got to shut that down. we already had a tax hike. >> listen, the republicans have got to do something massively different. the playbook is not working. boehner and mcconnell came out today with these milquetoast reactions to obama's explosive rhetoric. they said, it's a very, very hard problem and we need to be responsible. look, obama is saying that republicans are holding a gun to their head. that republicans don't care about old people or children with disabilities. we have got to get better about arctic lating what is the impact of spending cuts. are we really headed towards bankruptcy like greece? yes. we have to use the same enthusiasm in explaining our position and put some folks out there who have some passion and can actually reach the american people because this is not working. >> all right. well, passion. you may be looking
dire consequences if the debt limit isn't dealt with. >> reporter: president obama spoke from the white house to stake out a position on the nation's debt are debt limit. if congress doesn't approve an increase in the debt creel, the federal government will run out of money to pay bills in about a month. president obama blasted the republicans who said they won't raise the borrowing authority without dollar for dollar cuts in the budget. >> the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are that deadbeat nation. >> reporter: the problem, mr. obama said, is that congress has already spent the money. >> these are bills that have already been racked up. >> reporter: the patiented a dire picture about what it would mean for the nation for the first time ever to not make payments. >> social security checks and veterans benefits will be dried. we might not be able to pay our troops, or honor our contracts with small business owners. >> reporter: in response, republicans pointed out president obama voted against increasing the debt limit as a senator. john boehner sai
. >> reporter: president obama spoke from the white house to stake out a position on the nation's debt are debt limit. if congress doesn't approve an increase in the debt creel, the federal government will run out of money to pay bills in about a month. president obama blasted the republicans who said they won't raise the borrowing authority without dollar for dollar cuts in the budget. >> the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are that deadbeat nation. >> reporter: the problem, mr. obama said, is that congress has already spent the money. >> these are bills that have already been racked up. >> reporter: the patiented a dire picture about what it would mean for the nation for the first time ever to not make payments. >> social security checks and veterans benefits will be dried. we might not be able to pay our troops, or honor our contracts with small business owners. >> reporter: in response, republicans pointed out president obama voted against increasing the debt limit as a senator. john boehner said that the debt is endangers children's future, that the consequences
obama issued this warning to house republicans during a news conference yesterday. take a listen. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well being of the people is not eleven rafrmged to with used. it is not a bargaining chip. and they'd better choose quickly because time is running short. >> representative lynn jenkins is a republican from kansas. she is also the house republican vice chair. i guess basically i should ask you to respond to the president. >> well, i wish the president would stop campaigns and come over to the hill and have a conversation with us. republicans are willing to work with this situation which is our out of control wasest watt errand spending. >> you'd like to have him -- he sayed yesterday he has a nice pick imevery year. he said this in the wall street toufrpd. it's wrong to think of it as ooh long stamp. those days are onner. that debt limbet is one of the last steps toing tagt tachlkts there are a lot of americans who would 'fwree with that analysis. >> senatorial obama afwleeed with those
security janet napolitano will remain in her post for obama's second term according to white house officials. napolitano's and who prefers to serve as arizona governor, has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates for presiding over a record number of deportations in the 2012 fiscal year. in a statement, a representative from the national day labor organizing network said -- the news napolitano's staying on comes as the obama administration is said to be preparing to unveil a new push for immigration reform in the coming months. federal prosecutors have dropped the charges against the computer programmer and cyber activist aaron swartz following his suicide on friday at the age of 26. in an e-mail to the boston globe, his attorney wrote the dismissal was "too little too late," saying it "would have been welcome this time last week." iran supports was facing up to 35 years in prison for sneaking into the massachusetts institute of technology and downloading millions of articles provided by the non-profit research service jstor. his family says prosecutors are partially to blame
doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. >>> tomorrow president obama will deliver his gun safety plan to the american people. he inand vice president biden. these children who called for change will see it first hand. and we're already getting details. the white house plan will include a push for universal background checks. a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. a ban on assault weapons. and if republicans threaten to stand in the way, the president will pursue as many as 19 executive orders that don't require congressional approval. this country's in the midst of a great debate about gun safety. now the fight will really begin. and we must be ready for it. joining me now is congressman john larson. democrat from connecticut. thanks for coming on the show tonight. >> great to be with you, rev. >> congressman, let me start by asking are you pleased with what we're hearing about the president's plan tomorrow? >> the president has shown incredible strength with regard to this, as you know. his trip to connecticut in which he spoke to us directly ab
avenue today over the national debt and government spending. the opening shots came from president obama at his white house news conference. >> i thought it might make sense to take some questions this week as my first term comes to an end. >> brown: the questions were dominated by the looming debt ceiling fight. the president sternly warned republicans not to balk at raising the nation's borrowing limit. >> they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is running short. >> brown: congress has until march to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a government default. most republicans have insisted that with the government facing another trillion dollar deficit this year, any increase in borrowing authority must be tied to cuts in spending. the president flatly disagreed. >> i want to be clear about this. the debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing m
and their incentives are very different particularly in the house, and standing up to obama for them is great politics. it just creates a very difficult situation, and sometimes people like us who are comfortable and don't have to worry about getting our unemployment benefits extended it's easy for us to say he should be strong and tough, and let's call their buff and see what happens if we default on our obligations, but, you know, if the president is elected to be the president, he is supposed to look out for the economy, and even an economic catastrophe for which republicans were blamed would still be an economic catastrophe. and i think sometimes people forget there are obligations that go beyond being [ overlapping speakers ] >> -- liberal. >> jennifer: yes, in his press conference he made it clear he is not going to concentrate on the debt ceiling. and made it easy to understand reasons why we're not going to negotiate, when we have already acquired the services but i will say i completely agree with you, all of those people who say if he just gets them in a room
>> rose: tonight we begin with news from the white house, president obama held the last press conference of his first term this morning. most foft cuss was on the battle over the nation's debt limit. the president warned in his opening are remarks that the failure to raise the debt sealing would threaten the u.s. economy. >> so we got to pay our bill its. and republicans in congress have two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leveraged to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is running sht. >> rose: other topics included the ongoing debate on gun control, and the lack of diversity in the second term appoint ease. joining me from washington al hunt of bloomberg news and from the white house major garrett of cbs news. thank you. al better i start
or would you use it as a tool to try to get the house republicans to cave? rich: president obama said he will not negotiate. he will talk spending cuts and, perhaps, revenue. back to you. lori: thank you so much. new warnings on the debt ceiling. timothy geithner telling congressional leaders that the u.s. will exhaust its limit mid-february. bernanke urging congress to extend borrowing authority well before the deadline. the u.s. could lose its aaa rating, so where do we go from here? wonderful to have you with us. you believe the u.s. will not default on its debt. how will washington get to that point? there is a proposal of delaying inflammation of the obama law. >> everything is on the table, including the delight that the republicans are talking about. my guess is, or that our guess is, they will go all the way down to the wire. whether there will be enough to talk about a substantial reduction in the debt, i think that is a little bit more up for grabs. we will get pretty close to that line. in the process, the worry is not that we do fall, but that the markets could get very upset
>>> president obama insists he will not negotiate with white house rinz over the debt keeling and says the full faith and credit of the united states will not be a bargaining chip. abc 7 news mark matthews is here with the challenge that the president is facing on this. >> the president says concept understand.jjw that is not what we found and the challenge facing the president is one that he began to address this morning. president told reporters raising the debt keeling is not a question of more spending. >> it allows the country to pay for spending that congress is committed to. >> then, he repeated that. >> raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more he said it a half dozen time autos this is about paying your bills. debt... >> social security checks and veteran benefits will be delayed. we might not able to pay our troops or honor our contracts with small business owner autos house republicans say it's about spending. they want cuts for every dollar the debt ceiling is raised. >> the president said he will negotiate spending cuts. >> the full faith and credit of the united
you. >> greta: and now to washington, where it's not just republicans taking president obama to the wood shed over the debt ceiling today the white house press car taking on the president and president obama getting, well, rather testy. >> are you considering a plan b and if not, why not? >> chuck, what i'm saying to you is that there's no simpler solution, no ready, credible solution other than congress either give me the authority to raise the debt ceiling or exercise the responsibility that they have kept for themselves and raise the debt ceiling. >> what chuck and i and many people are curious, the new adamant desire for you not to negotiate and seems to conflict with the modern era of presidents and the debt ceiling and your own history of the debt ceiling. >> i think if you look at the history getting votes for the debt ceiling is always difficult. i don't think anybody would consider my position unreasonable here. >> you say you're not going to negotiate on the debt ceiling this year, why should house republicans take that seriously and think if we get to the one minut
the white house push here in washington? promises promises. today a deep dive into a president obama pitched as candidate obama and what he did from that first inaugural speech to his announcement speech and, of course, when he accepted that nomination. we are looking back at all of it. it is very interesting and you should take look. good morning from washington. tuesday, january 15, 2013. this is the -- little bit late, "daly run-down." i'm chuck todd. first reads of the morning. with washington once again careening towards a fiscal crisis, this one now about debt and spending. the president used his last news conference of his first term to make it clear he intends to stand firm and refuse to negotiate over the debt limit. >> republicans in congress have would choices. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. they will not collect ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. >> the president rejected calls from senate democrats to use some form of an 11th hour executive action. whether it i
to the floor of the house it's supported by the majority of the majority, and then we have this guy coming out today the congressman from texas who said he'll immediately file articles of impeachment because if barack obama uses executive action to pass these issues, it will be quote an existential threat to the public. i don't see the part of the will of the democrat to overcome that. what i see on the part of the democrats is noble and admirable willingness to sit down with all parties. unfortunately one of the parties is the nra which believes that basically life is an arms race, that we're facing monsters, and you can easeily distinguish between innocent americans which should not be regulated at all, and criminals who can we can recognize late without regulating innocent americans, and that's not how the universe works, but that's how the logic works on the right. and it's so-so--it's so deeply entrenched. and we're talking about adversaries who are apop apocalyptic and their way of life is threatened. >> john: that's why they want to keep weapons to kill people, the majority of americans
, former obama administration members are weighing in on the debate. larry summers, a top white house economics adviser as well as secretary under clinton spoke with cnbc's bernie lowe just today. >> everybody should, before meeting the debt obligations of the united states, and then there needs to be a vigorous and active discussion around what is a very real problem. the sustainability over the long-term of the u.s. financial position, which surely needs be addressed in a balanced way with both measures on the expenditure side and measures on the revenue side. >> phillip, how are you? >> i'm fairly cynical about the whole process. >> about u.s. politics? >> well, the other side, as well. i think you can make a pretty good case for abolishing the debt ceiling completely. that's not go to happen in the short-term. we've seen this time and time again. we know that these negotiations are being conducted across polarized camps in congress and the administration and that the likely event is that nothing is going to be agreed at until the 11th hour, right at the last minute spop i would ha
's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit and we like it, of course. from the debt careering to the nra, to the neocons. the president is sticking it to his opponents and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the form. >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moon shiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. relief package for the victims >>> next monday president obama will be sworn into office for his second presidential term, and
-o-t-w-i-r-e ♪ hotwire.com >> and tonight, according to reports, vice-president joe biden told a group of house democrats there are 19 executive orders that president obama could invoke when it comes to gun control. so while the white house prepares to abuse its executive powers there's growing evidence of dangerous impact of premature anti-gun measures because days after a local newspaper in york, the journal news released the names and addresses of gun owners one of the owners on the list has in fact been targeted. accord to go a report at least two burglars broke into a home in white plains, new york on saturday night and they tampered with the gun safe, but luckily the not able to get into it. now the white plains police commissioner says he cannot confirm that the attempted robbery had any connection to the map put out by the journal news, but the evidence sure points to that and police say they've not made an arrest. joining me with reaction to the putnam county executive, the one who refuse today release to the journal news, the addresses of residents, mary odell and bo dietl. bo, you're
. will president obama second be any different? turning me now, congressman bob good lad, chairman of the house judiciary committee which oversees immigration reform. okay. congressman, we have a list of things that apparently the president wants to push for, one requiring businesses to verify new employees in the country legally. two, create a guest worker program of low-wage immigrants and three, make immigrants seeking legal status pay fines and back taxes. can you support any of that? >> oh, all of that is well worth looking at very carefully, and that is exactly what we will do. republicans in the house are very enthused about doing immigration reform this year as well. how much we can do will depend upon how much we can find in common with our friends over in the senate and with the white house and our colleagues here in the house. gerri: congressman, what i ask you was to mckinney's support those three specific ideas? >> those threes the severe ideas are all things tht if done correctly we can find a way to support some of them. obviously the one that are the most difficult is somewhat o
your comment on facebook. you can also send us an e-mail. president obama held his last official news conference of the first term yesterday in the east room of the white house. here's what he had to say on the debt ceiling debate. [video clip] >> republicans and congress have two choices. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect ransomed in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people well-being is not a leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states is not a bargaining chip. they had better choose quickly, because time is running short. the last time republicans in congress even flirted with this idea, r. triple-a credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our mystery, our businesses created the few jobs in any month in nearly the past three years, and the whole fiasco added to the deficit. host: after the news conference yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded with this statement -- "
february not march as expected. in the mean time president obama insists tonight that he will not negotiate with house republicans over the debt ceiling. mark matthews looks at the challenge the president is facing. >> president told reporters raising the debt ceiling is not a question of more spending. >> it's simply allows the country to pay for spending that congress has already committed to. >>reporter: then he repeated that. >> raising the debt ceiling does not authorize to us spend more. >>reporter: in the 40 minute press conference he said it half dozen times. >> this is about paying your bills. >>reporter: if the u.s. defaults on the debt. >> social security checks veteran benefit will be delaye delayed. might not be able to pay our troops. honor our contract with small business owners. >>reporter: house republicans say it is about spending. they want corresponding spending cuts for every dollar that the debt ceiling is raised. today speaker of the house boehner said the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same
was in the white house, just had a problem going when it was president barack obama, it appears. >> can we show this graphic. mitch mcconnell went. let's show it. it was a good one. the germans went. they love their sauerkraut. >> they were invited to a screening of "lincoln," apparently at the very last minute -- >> nobody's perfect. >> i would think when the president invites you to see a movie at the white house, you might want to go. maybe if you were disagreeable in nature, not fun and quite frankly not interested in getting anywhere on spending, maybe you would decline. look at the president. why don't i play that sound bite again, no matter what you think of his ideologically, joe, wouldn't you want to have a beer with that guy or a beer with mitch mcconnell. >> you keep interrupting. >> we should get a jar. >> should get a jar. he's a likable guy. we spent time with him. i like him an awful lot. he's ae's a likable guy. he hasn't reached out to republicans and he hasn't reached out a lot. when he reached out, they haven't come. he said his daughters don't want to spend that much time w
in the house. >> stephanie: uh-huh. here is the president yesterday talking about his appointments. >> obama: i would suggest that everybody wait until they have seen all of my appointments who is in the white house staff and who is in my cabinet before they rush to judgment. >> stephanie: it reminds me congress woman, we talked about this yesterday -- we are really -- at lease you are -- trying to govern in unprecedented times. we have never seen the hostage with the debt limit, and every nominee that the president puts forward they oppose just because the president is for it. >> certainly in the 14 years that i have been here but i think some of those issues like the debt ceiling, this is absolutely new territory. >> stephanie: yeah even the republican party -- we have just not seen a version of it that it was willing to take the united states hostage -- >> we have never seen that but we have never seen the kind of use of the filibuster that we see now to stop everything, and as you said, the blocking of appointments. there has always been this courtesy to the pres
president obama from using any sort of executive action to limit second amendment rights. republican steve stockman out of texas would defund the white house and would file articles of impeachment. he argues executive action on the issue is not only unconstitutional but a direct attack on americans. five past the hour. martha: so debt talks are also heating up now in washington as the national debt is speeding towards the country's spending limit once again, folks. you know what that means. talking about time to raise the debt ceiling, right? president obama warned he will not enter into another game of brinkmanship as he referred to it over the debt sealing with republicans. >> the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are not a deadbeat nation. if congressional republicans refuse to pay america's bills on time, social security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed. investors around the world will ask if the united states of america is in fact a safe bet. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. martha: a lot of talk abou
by senior white house correspondent jessica williams. thank you for joining us ( cheers and applause ) jessica, all last year the concern about obama in his second term was going to be that he's going to go full on like socialist black panther one world government. now he appears to have gone more season one of mad men. what's happening? >> john, people forget, president obama is also half white. everybody was was so focused on black obama and all the black stuff he did in his first term. obama care, food stamp. they completely forgot about white obama who has been in there biding his time. just waiting to take this country back and restore the traditional america this black obama has worked so hard to destroy. >> jon: wow. exactly jon: i got so say, white obama has been playing a long game >> jon, you know, white obama has always been there making the occasional appearance. on vacation. on weekends. i mean, you're not going to catch a brother wearing those jeans and a bike helmet on a ten speed with cross trainers on. >> jon: that white obama is pretty white. >> the whitest. jon: so
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